The FOOD system relies on a technical infrastructure, made of sensors, smart kitchen appliances and user’s interaction tools (interfaces), thus building a kitchen networked environment. Communication among kitchen devices exploits a wireless network, compliant with the IEEE 802.15.4-ZigBee standard. On top of such network, a supervising system and a web server are built, which enable user’s application, and manage exchanging of information through the internet. The kitchen is therefore connected to external physical and digital networks (i.e., neighbourhood community, shops and to the web), enabling service aimed at increasing safety, at providing help and guidance in food preparation and at fostering exploitation of inherent social and cultural implication of feeding. End-users (which include elderly people as well as their supporting network) are involved in system and service design since its earlier phases, exploiting participatory design tools.


ICT-based services aimed at supporting safety, autonomy and effectiveness of feeding daily activities are proposed, either home-based (in the kitchen environment) and internet-based. Simple services deals with the kitchen safety management, whereas more articulated ones will fully exploit networking among devices (remote operation features) and among people (social-oriented applications). User-centred design strategies are exploited to ensure service usability and trustworthiness, user’s reward and satisfaction. Designed features will enter the mainstream production line of a large enterprise.

Expected results and impact

Smart appliances, including network connectivity features, will be designed and produced: AAL features will be accounted for into mainstream industry production, fulfilling “design for all” prescriptions. The whole industrial design cycle will be carried out within the project, leading to fully certified, ready-to-market devices. Services supporting independent and rewarding kitchen activities will be made available and tested on a 18 month pilot phase, in 3 European countries. Users and market perspectives will be assessed through evaluation tools, also exploited for iterative trimming of devised solutions.


Partners involved in the FOOD project

INDESIT Company SpALarge
Brainport Development N.V.End
Copenhagen Institute of Interaction
Department Of Social Services, Local Council BrasovEnd
International Business School, Jönköping
Consiglio Nazionale della RicercaR&
Università degli Studi di Parma, Centro di Collaborazione sulle Tecnologie AssistiveR&
SC Vision Systems SRLR&
  • Project name: Framework for Optimizing the prOcess of FeeDing – FOOD
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  • Coordinator: Indesit Company SPA
  • Duration: 36 Months
  • Starting Date: 01.09.2012
  • Total budget: € 3.232.865,99
  • Public contribution: € 1.616.337,00


Leonardo Arteconi


T.: +39 0732 663999

Paolo Ciampolini


T.: +39 0521 905828, +39 334 6669195

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